A street gang member, is accused in the random stabbing spree in Garden Grove and Santa Ana, California.
Zachary Castaneda, 33, a 'violent' gang member who has been to prison 14 times since June 2016. He was arrested on Wednesday night outside a 7-Eleven store in Santa Ana after an alleged two-hour rampage during which four people were killed and two were injured.
According to the Orange County Register, though, state prison officials say Castaneda was not released early from prison.
He had been sentenced to four years in prison. “He was eligible to earn one day of additional credit for each day served, which cut his sentence in half,” the newspaper reported. “Police said Garden Grove-Santa Ana stabbing suspect Zachary Castaneda was on the street because of #AB109. Not so, according to prison officials. He was freed after serving his full term,” wrote Todd Harmonson, senior editor for the newspaper, on Twitter.
What was the motive? “Robbery, hate, homicide,” Garden Grove police Lt. Carl Whitney said. Castaneda is 33-years-old. Two other people were wounded in the string of random attacks. Authorities have identified three of the victims so far; they are Pascual Rioja Lorenzo, 39; Helmuth Hauprich, 62; and Robert Parker, 58. The other deceased victim is also a man.
The two injured victims are a 54-year-old woman and 44-year-old man.